Originally posted to the newsgroup alt.religion.scientology in September 2004
LIFE AFTER THE CoS
By Mike Goldstein
Part 10 of 25
The techniques and procedures used in Idenics processing, as well as the basic underlying information and concepts, are referred to as the "mechanics" of Idenics. These mechanics are a vital component of the process, but are not the totality Idenics. The other part of Idenics, that at the very least is just as important, is the application.
By "application", I simply mean how the mechanics are applied to or used when working with a client. In Idenics, the application is completely non-judgmental, non-evaluative, and devoid of any suggestion, advice or opinion. In Idenics, we have no preconceived agenda for people or levels that they must do. We work only from the agenda of the client. In Idenics, our mechanics are not written in stone. The Idenics procedures are only a guideline with the primary focus being the individual client. In Idenics, the ONLY source of information about a client is that individual client.
In Scientology we prided ourselves on not evaluating for people. But all that that really meant was that the auditor did not VERBALLY evaluate for the pc in session. The registrars and ethics officers evaluated for the pc. The case supervisor evaluated for the pc, and the field auditor who case supervises in the chair is evaluating for the pc in his head. The Scientology Bridge is extremely evaluative and judgmental.
I will most probably ruffle some people's feathers with my explanation of Idenics' application. It is not my intention to make anyone wrong, and I wish that I could state our application in a completely positive manner. But it is virtually impossible to describe our application without the use of "negative contrast". In other words, the only way that I have been able to communicate what an Idenics practitioner does in terms of application is by describing what he DOESN'T do.
Due to its elusive nature, this application was overlooked in the beginning of Idenics. During this period of time, John's entire focus was on mechanics. Everyone at Survival Services, including John, was unaware of the subtle difference in John's application as compared to our other practitioners. It wasn't until the practitioners, who used the same mechanics as John, were unable to achieve the same quality of results that we suspected the existence of another element at work.
At first, we just chalked up the difference in results to John's improvisational skills and experience. However, upon further investigation, specific factors came to light regarding his use of the mechanics. It was not a matter of what he WAS doing that the other practitioners weren't, but rather what he WASN'T doing that they were.
John's non-judgmental application was not something that he figured out how to do. It was something that was part of his basic nature. Indeed, this approach was as natural as breathing to this man, and he operated this way both in and out of session. John had never recognized the subtle difference between his and others way of being while auditing. However, others had sensed this rare quality in Galusha.
When Hubbard's demanding schedule and workload prohibited him from continuing to work with his personal pcs, the one man that he was comfortable turning his clients over to was John Galusha. When organizational policy started limiting staff and field auditor activities, the only person that LRH exempted from these policies was John Galusha.
His numerous and unusually successful auditing practices were a subject of Flag's attention and evaluation. Anyone who had ever seen John audit, could not help but notice a unique quality in his auditing. During the years that he performed live Book One Dianetics sessions in front of audiences, many people, including Class 12 auditors at Flag, commented on and attempted to explore John's auditing "style"(Reference: Part 9 of The New Regime Takeover series).
As I mentioned earlier, the other practitioners at Survival Services became frustrated because they were not getting the same quality of results as John while using the identical mechanics. They reverted back to old techniques and their clients complained. Disillusioned, these practitioners left Survival Services. Several months later, John's secret of success began to emerge. When we understood John's application we felt that we could then train others to deliver Idenics.
John wrote up a pack of basic materials and we delivered our first training as a live lecture series and co-audit. With the videotaped lectures we designed and offered the first Idenics Practitioner Training Course. However, our initial training had limited success. Students learned and understood the mechanics of Idenics, but had great difficulty grasping and performing the Idenics application.
Part of the problem was the difficulties that we were having in communicating our application. Additionally, the concepts were so intelligible and the procedures were so effective, that people tended to focus all of their attention on these mechanics while overlooking the Idenics application. Students with prior auditing experience were the hardest to train. Their training and competency as Idenics practitioners required extensive "unlearning" of old habits, something that most of these people were unable or unwilling to do. Most of these practitioners took a narrow view of Idenics and incorporated our mechanics into Scientology-based practices.
Communicating an application that is so intangible is still difficult. Just as the unlearning of old habits is necessary in practitioner training, letting go of certain ingrained ideas and beliefs is required to comprehend the true impact and genius of Idenics application.
People wanting to handle their own cases have a much easier time understanding our application then do auditors and practitioners of other therapies. Aside from their clinging to old concepts that have apparent value, people with their own practice can have a vested interest in maintaining superiority over their clients. If a practitioner can convince his clients that he knows more about them then they know about themselves and also convinces clients that a preconceived agenda is necessary, than clients will stick around longer and the practitioner will have an easier and more stable auditing practice. To do otherwise, the practitioner would complete clients faster and have to depend on a high client volume in order to survive.
In this write-up I have only been able to provide a surface explanation of the Idenics application. More time must be devoted to describing this application and its ramifications in therapy. Therefore, the upcoming or parts of this series will be highlighted by Idenics' application.
End of Part 10 of 25